About Us

Mental illness is a highly prevalent disease that affects millions around the world. It is more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. One in four people - 450 million worldwide (over 44m in the US) - suffer from a mental disorder in their lifetime (WHO).

Mental illness strikes the young and often goes undiagnosed for many years. Half of those ever diagnosed with a mental disorder show signs of the disease by age 14, three-quarters by age 25. The median delay in getting treatment is nearly a decade.

Mental illness has a significant impact on human productivity and the economy, causing as many lost days of work as cancer, heart attacks or back pain. Yet, there are inadequate resources - public or private (stigma) - to combat mental illness.

However, mental illness IS treatable.
There is hope for people who have it.

People can regain their mental health, but not with medication alone. World Health Organization: “The emergence of Clubhouses around the world demonstrates through a growing body of evidence that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities.”


Clubhouses are an important part of the solution. A Clubhouse is a place where people with mental illness (members) participate in their own recovery, working and socializing together in a welcoming environment. It is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all. Clubhouses are officially recognized in the U.S. as an evidence-based practice. There are 333 Clubhouses worldwide, serving 100,000 members (see http://www.clubhouse-intl.org).

Outcomes from Clubhouse participation include (data available):

  • Jobs, with longer tenure for members engaged in Transitional Employment.
  • Cost effectiveness, compared to other mental healthcare approaches.
  • Decreased hospitalizations, as a result of membership in a Clubhouse program.
  • Reduced incarcerations, during and after Clubhouse program membership.
Improved well-being, studies show Clubhouse members as more likely to have close and supportive friendships.

Our country’s crucial discussion about mental health cuts across the front-page debates on guns, healthcare, and education. Yet, Washington still lacks the most proven, evidence-based, cost-effective mental health service of all: a locally-based Clubhouse.

Capital Clubhouse Inc is a 501(c)3 organization, located in Washington, DC.